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Cf. g. ApSS. 6, 28, 3: MS. 1, 5, 13: 82, 8. 41 See also CALAND, On the relative chronology of some ritualistic sutras, in AO 9, p. 69. g. TSUJI, op. , p. 196 for MSS. 1, 8, 2, 5; VarSS. 1, 6, 3, 1; BSS. 20, 26: 59, lOf. 502 J. Gronda • The ritual sutras 3. The mantras According to the Vedic Indians themselves "the sacred tradition (comprises) mantras and brdhmanas",1 and there is no doubt much truth in the assumption that these two elements of the older Vedic literature are in the main based on the same general conceptions and the same tradition.

I. ed. I, p. 9: "the Yajurveda represents the wall, the two other Vedas the painting". For the literature on the Yajurveda in general see N. TSUJI, Existent Yajurveda literature (in Japanese), Tokyo 1970. 12 RENOTJ, ficoles, p. 171. 13 GONDA, V. , p. 30. 14 A. HILLEBKANDT, The Sankhayana Srauta SUtra, I, Calcutta 1888, Preface, p. X. The SrautasUtras 491 order of the sruti and of the mantra collections. This fact is for instance explicitly stated in the commentator's introductory notes on many chapters of Katyayana's Srautasutra15 which account also for deviations from that order, due for instance to the influence of another sdkhd or to the desire to combine what is more closely related.

I, p. 345; GONDA, R. I. I, p. 138. 3 For details see section 2 below. 4 5 Compare GONDA, V. , p. 30. g. , Introduction, Bibl. Indica, I, 6Calcutta 1860, p. 8f. According to a later text, Ananda-Samhita (see GONDA, Medieval religious literature in Sanskrit, in Vol. II of this History, p. 144), there were fifteen sutras of the Yajurveda (Bodhayaniya, Sandilya, Agastya, Panca-Kathaka, Vaikhanasa, Bharadvaja, Satyasadha, Sakala, Madhyamdina, Kaundinya, Lokaksita, Kusldaka, Katyayana, Vadhula, AgniveSyaka); we possess nine and some fragments of a tenth 490 J- Gonda • The ritual sutras in a fairly complete form in those srautasutras that have survived, the commentaries composed to explain them and the other allied writings.

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